Sophie's Secret (Whispers #1) by Tara West

Sophie's Secret (Whispers Book 1)


After shedding 30 pounds of baby fat, Sophie Sinora has grown into a pretty, but insecure, teen in bloom. To make her life more complicated, Sophie can sometimes read minds. 

Sophie's BFFs, AJ and Krysta, are also 'gifted' with paranormal abilities. Keeping their gifts secret proves difficult, as their powers are strengthening, making them feel more and more like freaks. 

When Sophie falls for Jacob, she hopes he'll ask her out to the Freshman Formal. But when she's forced to cheat and lie for him, she wonders how far she'll have to go to make him like her. Add to her growing list of problems - her teacher's suicidal thoughts, a locker bully who wants to kick her butt, the hot school flirt who won't stop teasing her, her pregnant sister who boots Sophie out of her room, and the growing tension between Sophie and her best friends. 

Sophie's got issues. Hopefully, she can fix them in time to save her teacher's life and her social life.


I did not really enjoy Sophie's Secret. It was like the worst parts of high school, but the bad parts were treated like they were good at times. Really the ideas behind a lot of the things, what the book shows as okay and correct, I had a big problem with. The book made me angry at times. I have waited a few days to write this review as I needed to calm down some. *Some slight spoilers ahead and it might get a bit ranty*

This is the story of Sophie. Sophie who can read people's minds, but she tries not to. I thought the reading minds thing would have been a bigger part of the story, but it wasn't. The way everything played out just seemed to happen coincidentally, not like Sophie used her powers for good or anything. It was a bit of a let down. I guess one reason it was good she had her powers is that then she knew the girl in yearbook class wasn't actually a slut like everyone said. Man that whole thing made me angry. Sophie is just like ew - I don't want to work with the slut...oh wait I am reading her mind and she is thinking please don't think I am a slut like everyone is saying. I am not. Oh okay, she isn't. I guess it is okay then. Argh. It just...even if the girl had slept with some guy why would she be a slut? Way to slut shame book. And way to be judgemental Sophie! I do not like. 

So Sophie decides she likes this guy Jacob because he's cute or whatever. I can get behind that. I remember high school. Plus she found out that he used to be fat too so they are meant to be. But when he asks her to cheat for him and such she just goes along with it, then think maybe he is using me? Oh I hope he likes me. I was just like come on. Everyone, her bff's included, tell her how horrible Jacob is and she is just like no way. He is...not really nice to me or anything, but you guys he totes is the best. He used to be fat! I used to be fat! We are soul mates!!! So what I hear people's thoughts that are like if you only knew what Jacob did you wouldn't like him as much and such. She doesn't have any direct irrefutable proof that he is a jerk so yeah. Too bad everyone else she is sticking to her liking him cause...cause she is incredibly stupid and frustrating!

We also have the popular girl who is totally mean and has a locker right next to Sophie. Apparently Sophie is a push over and cannot stand up for herself and her one bff fights her fights for her. When the super nice popular guy seems to be interested in Sophie popular girl does not like that at all. No way! So things get a bit worse for poor stupid Sophie. I guess this is another time when her mind reading came in handy as she treated nice guy Frankie like crap, but then when she would hear his thoughts how he was hurt by what she said, I guess she doesn't really like me, etc. she can correct herself and be like no, I am totes sweet and nice see? Ugh. And the revenge on popular girl? I was reading the book and the whole thing plays out with nice guy Frankie right there. I thought oh no Soph, you did it this time. He will want nothing to do with you now as this is horrible and not how you should be. You are a mean girl too and why would nice guy Frankie want to be with someone who does something like this? You blew it Soph. Only she didn't. Frankie was totally cool with her being a mean girl! No, just no. That is not how the situation should be handled. It was terrible and I hated it. It just made me angry.

Ugh there was so much wrong with this book. Sophie used to be fat, but now she is totally pretty since she lost weight and can be popular now. She cannot tell if someone is a male of female if they have short hair and a not clearly feminine voice? Really? Her bff's seem like they are all enemies. I really don't  know why they are all friends except they all have different powers. She is super judgemental and kind of terrible to people whenever she feels like it. It was not the book for me. The powers were in the background, the writing wasn't my favorite, the themes behind the story I really disagreed with, it was just a mess for me.


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